Guidance on the severity of disability for Child Disability Allowance
Some disorders can vary in severity from mild to serious, in these cases, the diagnosis alone is not sufficient to determine if the child qualifies for the child disability allowance.
Other disorders may not be expected to improve, but as the child or young person gets older and is able to manage them more effectively, their need for care may diminish. These types of circumstances should be considered when recommending a time period to review the Child Disability Allowance.
To help determine if the child or young person meets the criteria for the Child Disability Allowance, we have provided the following examples
Examples of disorders that are always likely to qualify for Child Disability Allowance include:
- degenerative neurological conditions (eg Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) suggested reviewperiod: Never
- syndromes that cause intellectual disability and significant impairments in self-care and behaviour (eg Downs Syndrome)
suggested review period: Never.
Examples of disorders that can vary in severity include: